I bought this flourite cabochon a little while ago but it’s taken me a little while to come up with a way to set it. It has quite intense colour striations, especially the purple, and I was concerned it would look dark and muddy once set. So I put it to one side, got on with other things and kept it on the back burner. Luckily it didn’t fall down the back of the cooker!
I came up with the idea of putting a gap between the stone and the back of the setting, to allow light to enter the stone from behind, and figured a shiny surface would act as a mirror as well. I’d textured an oval with a leaf skeleton using the rolling mill, and soldered an oval to the rear of it for strength. Initially I added a cross of wire to the back, bent up around the oval to form claws which would be soldered to the bezel, but it looked a bit too Heath Robinson, even for me! So I took that off, and cut small lengths of 2mm sterling wire to use as upright posts. I soldered these to the base oval, squared them off and added a ring of reticulated silver to the top post before soldering the bezel (also leaf textured) on top. A few hours in the tumbler while I went out for lunch, a quick dip in liver of sulphur to oxidise it, and then the polishing begun! Once I had a finish I was happy with, I set the fluorite into the bezel and gave it a final polish, before hanging it from a black satin cord with sterling silver ends and a twist of fine wire just above the pendant to stop it from slipping.
Time to test the theory and emerge squinting from the shed… I’m delighted with it, it worked really well. I’d love to know what you guys think!
Well, I’ve finally finished my Steampunk Butterfly, having had a wonderfully productive day in the shed with Sally.
I finished the final components, a cog to screw onto the back so that it can be worn as a brooch through a buttonhole on a coat or jacket (it’s way too heavy to be pinned to anything lighter) and some loops for a chain or cord so that it can be worn as a pendant.
So now it was time to rivet everything together, first a wing, then the body, then the rest of the wings…
So, I proudly present my Spiny Sharkly Steampunk Butterfly in all it’s glory! Just need to make a chain, I am working on a sympathetic design at the moment…
This enormous purple stone has been glinting at me for quite some time now, I made it into a ring once, but didn’t like it so I recycled it into this cute little spider. I love making bugs (click here for a previous post!) and he seemed just perfect for this time of the year. We live in a semi-rural area, and have had some enormous spiders wandering in to the house, which is hilarious when the big beardy biker I share my life is turns into a screaming girly when he sees one – he was tidying up some shoes in the hall the other week, and picked up one of our lad’s plastic spiders, only to realise it wasn’t plastic… I think they heard the screams in the next valley!
I made Incy’s head using a small piece of black Murano glass that I had made in a glass making class, silver clay and eight 1mm white CZs for his eyes – that was a fiddly job, with much swearing 😉 The bezel was soldered to the legs, the shank added, and finally his head popped on – so many joins needed some really careful heating on a very makeshift jig made from copper nails bashed into my fire brick.
So after a nice warm bath in the pickle, he was polished up and oxidised, repolished and ready for setting the stone. I’m really very fond of this one, and by sheer coincidence he’s just my size, but if you’d like one, just give me a shout!
I’ve always had a penchant for Gothic and Vampire style jewellery, and bought some stunning black and purple lace last time I was visiting my mum. I have had huge fun over the last couple of days combining chain, skulls, beads, leather, you name it! There will be more soon, just waiting for some more sparklies to arrive!
These are all for sale in my Etsy shop at just £15 each.
It’s the last day of the school holidays, and I’m bursting with ideas and frustration! I really need to get back into making things for the sake of my sanity (or whatever passes for it these days). My hallmark registration has gone through, and I’m the proud owner of a hefty punch with my maker’s mark. I’ve got some sizeable chunks of sterling to make into pendants where the decoration will be just the texture of the metal and hallmark – vanity pieces really, but why not? They will make really personal gifts for the special people in my life who have helped me get this far.
I found some beautiful lace when I was up at Mum’s in the summer, and have been experimenting with making Steampunk chokers with lovely Swarovski crystal beads, silver chains and the occasional skull. I’ll be listing these for sale over the next few days, now that the final elements to finish them are on their way (Royal Mail permitting).
I have also been playing with wire wrapping and when I have had a chance, some leaf textures. This lovely labradorite is going to become the focal point of a lariat with silver and moonstone elements, and maybe some leaves…
When I’m not bashing metal in the Shedifice, I quite like knitting, cross stitch, papercrafting and generally making things, often with a vintage, goth or steampunk feel. Leather flowers are my latest thing, either as hair clips or brooches. I’m playing with some really small roses just now, which may find their way onto dolly pins and rings… There’s also some very pretty winged heart ones, red at the moment, but I’m going to be making purple ones too 🙂
Fantastically, eBay is not playing the game, and I can’t list anything at the moment on there, but there’s lots in my Etsy shop!
I went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 today with my lovely friend Liz, and as always I paid great attention to the props, clothes and shinies! I would love to be able to make something like this, the Diadem of Ravenclaw… Perfect attire for the school run, don’t you think?
Oh, and I finally got to make some more poison bottles. Some filled with pure silver dust and the others with blood. Not real, obviously. Still, a great accessory for all the vampire lovers out there. Just a fiver each on a silk and chiffon necklace or plaited hemp.
I recently treated myself to some vintage printing blocks and made this skull from copper clay. Beardy reckons it would make a good guitar pick and I think he is dropping hints for a silver one for his birthday!